Companies can wield business intelligence as a weapon to outmaneuver competitors and boost revenue, but only if data analysis techniques are used enterprisewide and the effort is backed by senior management.
Stories by Heather Havenstein
The Eclipse Foundation open-source community will this week unveil the second version of its Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT), a move designed to expand the use of the tools from Java developers to a wider audience, including report developers.
Companies can wield business intelligence as a weapon to outmaneuver competitors and boost revenue -- but not without making analytics an enterprisewide effort backed by senior management.
The Los Angeles Police Department's counterterrorism unit next month will begin using a new data analysis system designed to identify and connect related pieces of intelligence to help officers deter and respond to terrorist attacks.
Enterprise reporting vendor Actuate has acquired performance management company Performancesoft for US$16.5 million in cash.
Buoyed by the opportunity to easily and safely share data with customers and partners, IT organizations are increasingly exposing internal applications and data outside their corporate firewalls as Web services.
NASA is testing an application that uses Web services and enterprise information integration (EII) technology to aggregate data from disparate sources in order to diagnose and resolve problems detected on the International Space Station.
BEA Systems last week unveiled a two-year road map for combining its WebLogic Portal with similar software it gained with the acquisition of Plumtree Software in October.
Companies are increasingly looking to tie traditional CRM systems to analytical tools to retain and boost the value of customers, according to users at SAS Institute's BetterManagement Live Worldwide Business Conference 2005 last week.
Tools that enhance the rich content and interactive features of the Internet are boosting the efficiency and usefulness of the Web.
It used to be that, while programming wasn't easy, it was straightforward - you wrote code to specified requirements. If you collaborated at all, it was with another IT guy. But, regulators had not yet discovered IT's role in the compliance race and business stayed out of the IT shop. Today, dramatic change is afoot: SOA (service oriented architecture) with its code reuse mantra, the need in every company to build closer ties to business users, often working with a team whose members are working on the other side of the globe and the way application development teams work now reflects these mega trends.
JBoss this week introduced a program it hopes will entice more companies to use open-source application server software. Through its new JBoss Migration Program, the Atlanta-based company aims to provide assessments, methodology and tools to help customers move software from commercial application servers to the open-source JBoss software.
IBM has unveiled open-source technology designed so companies can apply analytics to call center logs, warranty claims, technician notes and other unstructured data.
As business intelligence becomes a critical component of daily operations, real-time data warehouses that can provide end users with rapid updates from transactional systems are increasingly sprouting up at companies.
Borland Software CEO Dale Fuller resigned Thursday after the company reported preliminary financial results that were lower than expected.